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President Obama to perform eulogy at Rev. Clementa Pinckney's funeral

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and First Lady Michelle Obama plan to travel to Charleston Friday to attend Reverend Clementa Pinckney's funeral, a White House release says. 

The president will deliver Pinckney's eulogy. 

Obama and the first lady got to know the slain pastor, who also was state senator, during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Pinckney was an early Obama supporter.

Last week, Obama said the shootings show the need for a national reckoning on gun violence.

More details about the president's trip to Charleston will be released within the next few days. 

Copyright 2015 WCSC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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